Impact Knockouts Championship
|Impact Knockouts Championship|
The current Impact Knockouts Championship belt
|Date established||October 14, 2007|
|Current champion(s)||Taya Valkyrie|
|Date won||January 6, 2019|
The Impact Knockouts Championship is a women's professional wrestling world championship owned by Impact Wrestling. It is primarily contested for in Impact's women's division, known as the Knockouts. The championship debuted on October 14, 2007 at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view (PPV) event under the name the TNA Women's World Championship; it was renamed the TNA Women's Knockout Championship in 2008 through 2010, then simplified to TNA Knockouts Championship until the promotion changed its name in March 2017.
It is currently the only female championship in Impact Wrestling. It had been complemented by the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, which was introduced at the No Surrender PPV event on September 20, 2009, but was deactivated on June 27, 2013. At Slammiversary XV, the championship was unified with the GFW Women's Championship. After Impact and GFW parted ways, the belt was redesigned (getting rid of the GFW branding and colors) and once again became known as the knockouts championship.
There have been 53 reigns shared between 22 wrestlers. The first champion was Gail Kim.
TNA Knockout, or just Knockout for short, is the term used by TNA to refer to its onscreen female performers; this is similar to TNA's main rival World Wrestling Entertainment and their Divas pseudonym. TNA's first women's accomplishment was announced at TNA's first weekly pay-per-view event on June 19, 2002. It was called the "Miss TNA" crown. The holder of the crown was determined in a lingerie battle royal on June 19, 2002, which aired on June 26, 2002. The participants in the match were Alexis Laree, Elektra, Erin Bray, Francine, Miss Joni, Sasha, Shannon, Taylor Vaughn, and Teresa Tyler. Vaughn last eliminated Elektra to win the crown. The TNA Knockout of the Year is another award in TNA given to the knockout who achieved the most or had the best run that year. The most recent Knockout of the Year was Gail Kim in 2007; no award has been given out since.
On the August 20, 2009 episode of TNA Impact!, backstage interviewer Lauren announced that TNA were planning to host an eight-team single elimination tag team tournament to crown the first-ever TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions. The tournament began on the following Impact! and continued on for four weeks, concluding on September 20 at TNA's No Surrender PPV event. There, the team of Sarita and Taylor Wilde defeated The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky) to become the first champions. Two DVDs on the topic of the TNA Knockouts have been released by TNA. The first was named "Knockouts: The Ladies of TNA Wrestling Vol.1" and was released on August 29, 2006. "Knocked Out: The Women of TNA Wrestling" was the second, released on October 7, 2008.
TNA first announced in early September 2007 through their TNA Mobile service that they planned to start an official women's division and debut a women's title soon. Later that month, TNA began to promote a 10 knockout gauntlet match to be held on October 14, 2007 at TNA's Bound for Glory PPV event to crown the first-ever TNA Women's Champion. At the event, Gail Kim defeated Ms. Brooks, Christy Hemme, Awesome Kong, Roxxi Laveaux, Talia Madison, Shelly Martinez, Jackie Moore, ODB, and Angel Williams to become the first champion. The championship was renamed in 2008 to the TNA Women's Knockout Championship until 2010 when it became simply known as the TNA Knockouts Championship.
During the championship's history, the belt has had four designs.
Its first design featured a white leather strap that is covered with two small gold plates that are encrusted with silver. In the center of each plate stands a figure resembling a globe made out of gold. On the outer edge of the plate are red gems, which circle the entire plate. The center golden plate of the belt has TNA's official logo engraved in the very center with the word "Womens" [sic] above it and the word "Champion" below it. At the very top of the center plate is a queen's crown. The word "Knockout" does not appear anywhere on the belt.
At the end of December 2014, TNA uploaded a photo on their Instagram account, in which the Knockouts Championship has a new design, replacing the white strap with a black strap, with the red color scheme changed to blue to coincide with the company's color scheme and the plates are now fully gold thus the encrusted silver is removed. As with the previous belt, the word "Knockout" does not appear on the belt, despite its current name.
After Slammiversary XV, the Impact Knockouts Championship and the GFW Women's Championship were carried together, with the unified championship representing the lineage of the Impact Knockouts Championship.
At Destination X 2017, a recoloured version of the former GFW Women's Championship was created to represent the championship. [N 1] This belt was later modified to cover the GFW logo with an Impact Wrestling logo.
At Redemption, Impact revealed new championships. The Main plate has Impact Wrestling logo with the "Knockouts Champion" below the logo. On each side of the center plate is a group of four smaller silver plates, with each side featuring separate circular owl symbol and a "KO" Symbol.
The inaugural champion was Gail Kim, who defeated Ms. Brooks, Christy Hemme, Awesome Kong, Roxxi Laveaux, Velvet Sky, Shelly Martinez, Jackie Moore, ODB, and Angelina Love in a ten Knockout Gauntlet for the Gold match on October 24, 2007 at TNA's Bound for Glory PPV event. She also holds the record for the most reigns, with seven.
Kim also holds the record for shortest reign in the title's history, during her seventh reign at 25 hours, while Taryn Terrell's first and only reign holds the record for longest in the title's history, with 279 days.
Taya Valkyrie is the current champion in her first reign after she won the belt at Impact Wrestling Homecoming on January 6, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee from Tessa Blanchard. Gail Kim served as the special referee for the match.
- This description is based on the design of the GFW Knockouts Championship, used from August 17, 2017 to November 5, 2017, also as seen in the image at the top of the article
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